CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – The accolades continue to roll in for former American University women's basketball standout Emily Kinneston, as she was recently selected as the Patriot League's sole nominee for the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year Award.
Kinneston is one of 154 nominees nationwide, including 58 from Division I, to advance to the second round of the selection process. The Woman of the Year selection committee will pare the list down to the Top 30 honorees in September and will continue to narrow the pool to nine finalists – three from each division – in early October.
The Top 30 honorees will be celebrated and the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year will be named at the annual banquet on Oct. 28 in Indianapolis.
The NCAA Woman of the Year program has recognized graduating female student-athletes for excellence in academics, athletics, community service and leadership since its inception in 1991.
Kinneston etched her name in AU women's basketball history last year, helping lead the team to its second Patriot League title and NCAA Tournament berth after a record-breaking 26-7 season, including a program-record 17-0 run. This completed one of the most successful careers in program history after she was also a member of the program's first conference championship team as a freshman in 2015.
To cap her senior season, Kinneston became only the fifth player in Patriot League history to be selected both the PL Women's Basketball Player and Scholar-Athlete of the Year in the same season. She was also the third player in program history to be selected as an All-ECAC (Eastern College Athletic Conference) All-Star and was voted as the Patriot League All-Tournament Team after averaging 20.7 ppg during the three-game run to the championship.
The Shelburne, Vt., native became the 18th player in program history to reach the prestigious 1,000-point milestone and closed her career with 1,128 points to rank 12th all-time. She also landed in several of the program's all-time top-ten lists, ranking third for season scoring average (15.4 ppg), sixth for season points (493), and fourth for career free throw percentage (.798).
A three-time Patriot League Academic Honor Roll member and two-time Patriot League All-Academic Team honoree, Kinneston graduated in May with a degree in biology.
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